Many organizations offer Easter egg hunts, but next weekend, owners of a local farm will host a major event with 2,000 eggs.
Laura Russo and her husband, Jarett Acosta own the 70-acre Boondock Farms located at 755 Foreman St. in Jackson. The Easter egg hunt will be part of its Opening Day Vendor Festival on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will also include live music, local vendors, and food provided by Que at the Shop Bar BQ located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in downtown Augusta.
“We’re a Saturday farmers market,” Russo said.
The market is open from April to December and features vendors that sell a variety of products, including fresh produce, baked goods, and arts and crafts. Vendors for the opening day celebration will include Billue Family Farm and Velmat Delights.
They host a vendor festival on the second Saturday of each month. The farm used to be home to the Jim & Lilie Golf Club.
“We turned the pro shop into our farmers market store,” she said. “We have trails people can hike when they come to our vendor festivals.”
The store sells various items, such as produce, pickles, jellies, soaps, and artwork.
“In the summer, we make tomato pies,” Russo said.
She and Acosta bought the property in 2018 and were supposed to open the market in April 2020, but because of the pandemic, they waited until June. They limited the number of people allowed in the store and practiced social distancing.
Besides the vendor festivals, they also host other events, including weddings and a music festival called Boondock Revival, which is held in June. Russo said the M3 Agency recently did a photoshoot at Boondock Farms.
On April 29, they will host another event because their farm has been included in the Beech Island Historical Society tour.
Most of their events are free, but tickets for the Easter egg hunt cost $10 per child. They will have 20 golden eggs, which contain tickets for prizes, such as toys and bubbles.
“I’m most excited about getting people outside and helping them make contacts with local farmers, so they have a direct line with their food source,” she said.
For more information about the opening day event, visit facebook.com/photo/?fbid=230046349373021&set=gm.1526403981119613. To become a vendor, visit the Boondock Farms website at boondockfarms.com/.